Opera draws its narrative plots from myths and legends to delight people of all ages. A selection of works that mirror each other.
Ambronay/Liège Orpheus rescues Eurydice from the underworld while singing, before losing her again and ascending to the upper world to find her among the stars. In 1607, starting out from this stellar legend, Monteverdi composed an Orfeo full of Moorish dances and moving lamentations, marking the birth of opera. Convinced that this music has the power to “draw men’s souls to heaven,” the Argentinian conductor Leonardo García Alarcón is buffing up this favola in musica at the Baroque music festival in Ambronay and the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège.
Milan/Paris “He, he, he, he.” When he has the witch from Grimm’s Hansel and Gretel cackle on her broomstick, the worthy professor Humperdinck has but one aim: to transform Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries into a lavish operatic parody in the form of a nursery rhyme-fairy tale. While La Scala is staging this entrancing, Wagneresque work for children, the Opéra Comique is inviting opera-goers to come and singbefore that evening’s performancein Miranda, an enchanting opera by Katie Mitchell based on Shakespeare’s Tempest and inspired by Purcell.
Hänsel und GretelDu 2 au 24.09. Scala de Milan. www.teatroallascala.org
MirandaDu 25.09 au 5.10. Opéra Comique. www.opera-comique.com
Strasbourg After crushing the Cricket with a mallet, Pinocchio encounters the Cat, the Fox and the Assassins before being swallowed by the Shark. Following on from Boesmans, Lucia Ronchetti is turning the puppet’s adventures into a sort of Peter and the Wolf, in which the violin plays in turn the Fox and the Assassins. Collodi’s cruel tale is echoed by the contemporary Passions celebrated at the Musica festival, from Bussotti’s psychoanalytical Passion selon Sade to Moultaka’s painful, strident Passion According to Mary.
Musica 2017Du 21.09 au 7.10. Opéra Comique. www.festivalmusica.org
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